In this maze of Apprenticeship Funding reforms and changes to almost every aspect of how businesses see and value apprenticeships. This guide, provided by the London South East Colleges, offers a concise summary of all the relevant aspects that you, as an employer, need to take into account.

You can download the complete guide to apprenticeship funding here:

 

Let’s start at the beginning.

  1. Firstly, there must be a genuine job, this means the apprentice must have a contract of employment which is long enough for them to complete the apprenticeship successfully.
  2. The cost of wages must be met by the employer.
  3. The apprentice must have a job role that provides the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve the apprenticeship.
  4. Employers must ensure an apprentice works a minimum 30 hours per week.
  5. Time off for training is part of an apprenticeship agreement and the apprentice is paid for this time.
  6. Health & Safety checks will be carried out in the apprentices’ workplace prior to employment including up to date Employer Liability Insurance evidence.
  7. Apprentices must have the right to work in England and spend at least 50% of their working hours in England.
  8. Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training.
  9. Employers and the provider will receive an incentive payment towards the additional cost associated with training aged between 16 and 18 years old.
  10. Employers and the provider will receive an incentive payment towards the additional cost associated with training aged between 19 and 24 years old and has either an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority, or has been in the care of the local authority.
  11. For employers with fewer than 50 employees the government will fund all of the apprenticeship training costs, up to the maximum value of the funding band where the apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 years old.
  12. For employers with fewer than 50 employees the government will fund all of the apprenticeship training costs, up to the maximum value of the funding band where the apprentice is aged between 19 and 24 years old and either has an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority, or has been in the care of the local authority.
  13. Non-levy employers will need to co-invest 10% towards the cost of apprentices’ training if not in the categories that qualify for 100% of the training costs being covered. The government will cover the other 90%.
  14. Where levy employers do not have enough funds to cover the cost of the training then the co-investment model will apply.
  15. Apprenticeship training that is in addition to the required apprenticeship standard above the funding band maximum cap will be covered by the employer at 100% of the cost.
  16. Apprenticeship Funding cannot be used for enrolment, induction, prior assessment, travel costs, wages, PPE or any other training that is not a requirement to complete the apprenticeship.
  17. Support for English and Maths training: Funding is provided in full for apprentices who have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* to C (or 4 to 9) in English or Maths or. Functional skills English or Maths at level 2 on the day they start the following qualifications.
  18. End-point assessments: Apprentices will not be able to achieve an apprenticeship standard without satisfying all the requirements of the assessment plan, including the end-point assessment. Although the provider will be involved in arrangements for end-point assessment, the assessment itself must be independent of both the provider and employer.

Download the complete apprentice guide, which includes helpful links (such as where to find out how much of your levy you can spend, etc.) here:

 

For more information about the Apprentice Levy, and how it works, please read this recent article…